This Week in Geek (11/16/15–11/15/15)

This Week in Geek (11/16/15-11/22/15)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, November 16th through Sunday, November 22nd.

Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie

What: Screening, Anime
When: Monday, November 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: St. Anthony Main Theatre

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul is screening the latest film in the Ghost in the Shell series, which is returning to the big screen “with an action-packed feature film that will blow audiences away, like the original film did over two decades ago.” According to the plot synopsis provided by the event organizers, “When the Prime Minister of Japan is assassinated by a mysterious cyborg, Major Motoko Kusanagi comes up as the prime suspect. It’s up to the agents of Public Security Section 9 to discover the true nature of the murder, and clear Motoko’s name.”

Beer + Comics Book Club: The Graveyard Book

What: Meet-Up, Comics, Beer
When: Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: LynLake Brewery

The Beer + Comics book club will be discussing P. Craig Russell’s graphic adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book at their meeting this month. The book club is “taking the show on the road” this fall and “trying out different breweries as well as different nights of the week to allow for people’s varying schedules.” The night of the week being tried this month is Wednesday, and the venue is the LynLake Brewery.

Pundamonium: The Twin Cities Pun Slam

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Wednesday, November 18th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Club Underground

Pundamonium is a Wall Street Journal–featured “slam-style punmaking contest” that started right here in the Twin Cities and has since spread to locations all across the country, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Madison, Milwaukee, and Seattle. Pundamonium creator Art Allen explains: “One by one, 10 contestants have two minutes each to make puns based on prompts they have received ahead of time. Each contestant is immediately judged by five members of the audience, who have been selected before the show to be judges. They rank each punner on a scale of 1 to 10, often with hilariously long decimals and other commentary. Then they do it again, only this time contestants get their prompts on stage and only have 30 seconds to think and another two minutes to make puns. The top four contestants go head to head in a final pun-off.”

Geek Chic Knitting

What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, November 19th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: StevenBe

The “nerdy fiber artists” of Geek Chic invite you to join them at StevenBe “for snacks, geeky shows and movies, and knitting (and crocheting, and spinning, and so on)!” The cost of attending this event is $5.00, unless you contribute a food item for their “always delicious” pot luck, in which case the fee will be waived. Dietary restrictions are seen as “an exciting culinary challenge.”

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

The Geek Partnership Society’s Crafty Geek club and its sub-club Make It Sew meet Thursday evenings at the Waterbury Center and invite you to “bring your crafty stuff to do” or to “hang out and work with the crafty stuff we have here!”

Autistic Heroes in KidLit

What: Panel, Books
When: Thursday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: St. Catherine University

St. Catherine University, Addendum Bookstore, and We Need Diverse Books invite you to attend a panel discussing autistic characters in children’s books. Panelists will include authors Corinne Duyvis (Otherbound), Lyn Miller-Lachmann (Rogue), and Anne Ursu (The Real Boy), and the panel will be moderated by Deborah Kovacs, editorial director of Walden Pond Press.

CoLab Art Night

What: Meet-Up, Arts
When: Thursday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Gamut Gallery

Make art with Gamut Gallery and this month’s featured artist, Yuya Negishi, at CoLab Art Night. Attendees interested in all visual disciplines (including “painting, drawing, sewing, projections, photography, design, sculpture, collage, and more”) will have the opportunity to work solo or together using their own materials or communal supplies to harness “the creative energy in the air [that] connects us all and inspires new ideas.”

MCAD Art Sale

What: Sale, Arts
When: Thursday, November 19th–Saturday, November 21st
Where: Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Held every year on the weekend before Thanksgiving, the 18th annual MCAD Art Sale “is your chance to buy one-of-a-kind art created by students and recent graduates at unbeatable prices.” Tickets to opening night on Thursday, November 19, cost $150.00; tickets to the second day of the sale on Friday, November 20, cost $25.00 in advance or $30.00 at the door; and the final day of the sale on Sunday is free. All proceeds from this event “go directly to the individual artists or to the MCAD Art Sale Scholarship Fund.”

Caucasian-Aggressive Pandas and Other Mulatto Tales

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, November 20th–Saturday, November 21st
Where: Bryant Lake Bowl Theater

Caucasian-Aggressive Pandas and Other Mulatto Tales is a humorous exploration of “what it’s like to be mixed raced, deal with stereotypes, and find your place in the world.” Written by Twin Cities Geek’s own Duck Washington and directed by Jena Young, these tales will encompass “both story-telling and sketch comedy in a blend of black-and-white concepts” brought to life by Samantha Cross, Ted Femrite, Matthew Kessen, and Kirsten Wade.

MN Book Publishers’ Roundtable Happy Hour

What: Meet-Up, Happy Hour, Books
When: Saturday, November 21st at 10:00 a.m.
Where: SubText Books

The Minnesota Book Publishers’ Roundtable and the MN Publishing Tweet Up have partnered to host monthly happy hours for publishing professionals, colleagues, and book lovers. This month’s happy hour will be held at SubText Books.

So, which of these events will you be attending? What events would you like to see featured in the future? Let us know in the comments section below or contact us via email. And don’t forget to add your events to the Twin Cities Geek Community Calendar!

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